Your Virtual Weekend: A Guide to Online Arts and Culture #3

While almost every concert, book tour and theatre performance due to take place this weekend has been postponed or cancelled, musicians, authors and artists are coming together to share inspiring content from all corners of the globe.

This is our weekly guide to just a few of the amazing gigs, concerts, shows, exhibitions and more that you can enjoy online while staying at home this weekend. To read last week’s edition of Your Virtual Weekend, click here.

1. More world-class (and locally made!) theatre

Jane Eyre | National Theatre | From Thu 9 April at 7pm

Hamlet | Shakespeare’s Globe | Until Sun 19 April
Jesus Christ Superstar | For 48 hours from Fri 10 April at 7pm
Fleabag | Soho Theatre | Streaming now

Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre’s hit production of Jane Eyre is streaming for free! Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic classic will be streaming on YouTube at 7pm on Thursday 9 April and will be available for one week here. Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s Globe‘s 2018 production of Hamlet is available to watch until Sunday 19 April here. Musical theatre fans, rejoice! Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming a different show each weekend and this Friday evening you can catch Jesus Christ Superstar here. Finally, did you love Fleabag? Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Soho Theatre have made the original play available for streaming here to raise funds for charities including the NHS.

2. Watch a live concert organised by the Royal Albert Hall

Rufus Wainwright | Thu 9 April 8.15pm
Peter Gregson | Fri 10 April 7.30pm

Alexis Ffrench | Sat 11 April 7.30pm
Alfie Boe | Sun 12 April 7.30pm

While their doors are closed, the Royal Albert Hall are bringing exclusive music sessions from artists’ homes to ours. Starting on Thursday 9 April, this weekend’s Royal Albert Home concerts are with Rufus Wainwright, Peter Gregson, Alexis Ffrench and Alfie Boe. Watch here

3. Discover an up and coming musician with Sofar Sounds
Live gigs streaming every day

Sofar Sounds are one of the champions of the grassroots music scene, hosting regular gigs in unique secret locations around the world with some of the finest up and coming talent. While their gigs are paused, the music continues. Head here to see what’s coming up this weekend and here to join the mailing list for Sofar Sounds Bath.

4. Classical music: Met Opera, Philharmonia and Gesualdo Six
Met Opera, Philharmonia and The Gesualdo Six

There’s plenty of classical music to enjoy during the Easter weekend. The nightly Met Opera streams continue. This weekend you can see Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Mozart’s Cozi fan tutte, click here for a full schedule. Elsewhere, Philharmonia’s digital experiences include over 40 playlists and 500 videos, start here with their guide to what’s available. Meanwhile, The Gesualdo Six are posting a different performance each day of Holy Week, hugely recommended by the Bath Festivals team. Watch them back on Facebook here and follow their page for future performances!

5. Penguin at Home: Listen to an internationally acclaimed author
Author live streams every Tuesday

Penguin Books have launched a new ‘Penguin at Home’ series of live streams where authors invite us into their worlds and share book recommendations. Watch back the first episode with Marian Keyes here and put Tuesday in your diary for the next stream with Caroline Criado Perez

6. Listen to Holst: The Planets with Brian Cox
Available now on BBC iPlayer

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Gernon, performs Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets, at the Barbican, 100 years after its composition. Professor Brian Cox introduces each movement against a backdrop of the very latest in planetary imagery. Watch here

7. Take part in a wellbeing class
Free online wellbeing classes from The Edge until 17 April

Our friends at The Edge in Bath have moved their popular wellbeing classes online and are offering them for free until Friday 17 April. From yoga to singing, pick a class and treat yourself to some well deserved self-care. Browse the classes here

8. Lose yourself in Max Richter’s Sleep
BBC Radio 3 | Saturday 11 April, 11pm

On Saturday night, BBC Radio 3 are broadcasting an all-night performance of Max Richter’s eight-hour epic Sleep, his ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’. Find out more here

9. Front Row with Martin Scorsese
BBC Radio 4 | Friday 10 April, 7pm

Friday evening’s episode of Front Row on BBC Radio 4 features an extended interview with legendary film Director Martin Scorsese. A must listen for film fanatics. Find out more here

10. Go on Safari
Daily safari live streams

On the recommendation of The Bath and Wiltshire Parent, we joined the Wild Earth safari broadcasts this week and saw both hyenas and elephants! Streamed live directly from the African wilderness, WildEarth rangers answer viewer questions live on air as they go. A must for animal lovers, this is both educational and enjoyable!. Find out more here

We’d love to know what you’ve been reading, listening and watching! Join in the conversation and let us know recommendations on Instagram or Twitter

We welcome any donations that you can make to help Bath Festivals continue during this difficult time. Please click here to donate.

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